It’s astonishing how many problems can potentially be solved by implementing the Just Third Way of Economic Personalism — which can be done very easily with what amounts to some very minor changes in laws . . . and some very major changes in people’s thinking and assumptions. Be that as it may, here’s what’s been happening on the Home Front of Economic and Social Justice:
• Help Joe Walk Again for Economic Justice. Just a reminder, if you haven’t already done so, to visit the GoFundMe campaign and consider making a contribution and spreading word out among your social media networks. It’s off to a good start, but it’s still just a start.
• Missouri Senate Bill 772. SB 772 on using expanded ownership vehicles designed in conformity with the Just Third Way of Economic Personalism was voted “Do Pass” out of committee earlier this week. What that means is that Senator Karla May and her team were able to galvanize support from committee members in order to get the bill voted out of committee. The next step is for the bill to be reported to the floor. Once it is reported to the floor, then there can be a floor debate to try to pass it out of the Senate and send it to the House. Eugene Gordon founder of Descendants of American Slaves for Economic and Social Justice testified in favor of the bill, making two difficult trips to Jefferson City, Missouri (the state capital) to do so.
• Federal Reserve Presentation. A core group of CESJ gave a presentation to some community development people at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The presentation was well received, and CESJ may be called back to explain the admittedly brief explanations in more depth.
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• Three Things to Prevent War in Central Europe and Asia. While there is not enough time to do anything right now except the conventional things, three things could very well have defused the situation in Ukraine years ago had they been implemented then. One, a program of expanded capital ownership in which every citizen has both the opportunity and access to the means to participate. Two, reform the money, credit, finance, banking, and tax systems to allow full access to ownership to everyone. Three, develop alternative energy sources that can be sustained without assistance or interference from beyond a region’s or a country’s borders. These three reforms would optimize the chance that every country can take care of its own citizens first, without attempting to take what belongs to others. As Aristotle pointed out 2,500 years ago, a man pays most attention to that which is his own. By giving everyone the opportunity to be productive and be the primary beneficiary of such efforts, people will be more concerned with themselves and how they can help others rather than devising new ways to take advantage of others.
• Hortense and Her Whos. In case you’ve been wondering how you might advance the Just Third Way by introducing it to legislators at any and all levels of government, we’ve made it easy for you, with the “Hortense Hears Three Whos“ initiative. Visit the explanatory website, and consider downloading the postcard to send to people in government. Don’t worry if you think they won’t be open to it, as the postcard is intended to get them to open their eyes.
• Economic Personalism Landing Page. A landing page for CESJ’s latest publication, Economic Personalism: Property, Power and Justice for Every Person, has been created and can be accessed by clicking on this link. Everyone is encouraged to visit the page and send the link out to their networks.
• Economic Personalism. When you purchase a copy of Economic Personalism: Property, Power and Justice for Every Person, be sure you post a review after you’ve read it. It is available on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble at the cover price of $10 per copy. You can also download the free copy in .pdf available from the CESJ website. If you’d like to order in bulk (i.e., ten or more copies) at the wholesale price, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for details. CESJ members get a $2 rebate per copy on submission of proof of purchase. Wholesale case lots of 52 copies are available at $350, plus shipping (whole case lots ONLY). Prices are in U.S. dollars.
• Sensus Fidelium Videos, Update. CESJ’s series of videos for Sensus Fidelium are doing very well, with over 155,000 total views. The latest Sensus Fidelium video is “The Five Levers of Change.” The video is part of the series on the book, Economic Personalism. The latest completed series on “the Great Reset” can be found on the “Playlist” for the series. The previous series of sixteen videos on socialism is available by clicking on the link: “Socialism, Modernism, and the New Age,” along with some book reviews and other selected topics. For “interfaith” presentations to a Catholic audience they’ve proved to be popular, edging up to 150,000 views to date. They aren’t really “Just Third Way videos,” but they do incorporate a Just Third Way perspective. You can access the playlist for the entire series The point of the videos is to explain how socialism and socialist assumptions got such a stranglehold on the understanding of the role of the State and thus the interpretation of Catholic social teaching, and even the way non-Catholics and even non-Christians understand the roles of Church, State, and Family, and the human person’s place in society.
• Shop online and support CESJ’s work! Did you know that by making your purchases through the Amazon Smile program, Amazon will make a contribution to CESJ? Here’s how: First, go to https://smile.amazon.com/. Next, sign in to your Amazon account. (If you don’t have an account with Amazon, you can create one by clicking on the tiny little link below the “Sign in using our secure server” button.) Once you have signed into your account, you need to select CESJ as your charity — and you have to be careful to do it exactly this way: in the space provided for “Or select your own charitable organization” type “Center for Economic and Social Justice Arlington.” If you type anything else, you will either get no results or more than you want to sift through. Once you’ve typed (or copied and pasted) “Center for Economic and Social Justice Arlington” into the space provided, hit “Select” — and you will be taken to the Amazon shopping site, all ready to go.
• Blog Readership. We have had visitors from 34 different countries and 37 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past week. Most visitors are from the United States, United Kingdom, Kenya, Ireland, and Canada. The most popular postings this past week in descending order were “The Purpose of Production,” “News from the Network, Vol. 15, No. 02,” “Did C.S. Lewis Approve of Socialism?” “Binary Economics and Distributive Justice,” and “More Mad Money Myths Meliorated.”
Those are the happenings for this week, at least those that we know about. If you have an accomplishment that you think should be listed, send us a note about it at mgreaney [at] cesj [dot] org, and we’ll see that it gets into the next “issue.” Due to imprudent language on the part of some commentators, we removed temptation and disabled comments.#30#